Industrial robots Poland: Industry still insufficiently robotized

Author / Editor: Wojciech Traczyk / Theresa Knell

Dynamic development of advanced forms of production translates into undiminished interest in industrial robots expressed by many production industries. The growth of sales is noticeable on all markets. The good news for the producers is that the anticipated demand for robotized devices shall sustain the growth trend in the next decade.

Polish entrepreneurs utilize the growing number of industrial robots. However, their number is still significantly lower compared to the world’s most developed economies.
Polish entrepreneurs utilize the growing number of industrial robots. However, their number is still significantly lower compared to the world’s most developed economies.
(Source: Opel)

According to the data from the World Robotics Report 2018, published annually by the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) in 2017, the number of industrial robots supplied to producers was 381 335 items which means the fifth year in the row of the growing global sales, the best result in the industry’s history and a result which was better by 30% compared to the year before. Dynamic growth of this branch of industry is even better exemplified by the long-term data – over the last 5 years (2013-2017), the annual sales of industrial robots doubled (growth of 114%). Along with the growing sales so is the industry’s turnover. The sales value of industrial robots in 2017 grew by 21% compared to 2016, reaching the new record annual level of 16.2 billion dollars.

Central Eastern European's robotization

The IFR estimates that last year 10 538 industrial robots were supplied to the Central-Eastern European market which is almost 36% more than the year before. Poland, with a 16% growth and the number of industrial robots at the level of 1891 units looks average in comparison. In 2017, in the Czech Republic, for instance, 2893 new industrial robots were installed (growth of 47%) and 2470 (growth of as much as 245%) were installed in Hungary. A greater pace of growth was also recorded in Russia (+99%), whilst the number of new robots fell in Slovakia (-31%).

Robots on the rise in Poland

At the end of 2017, the IFR estimates the total number of robots installed in Polish factories to be around 11 400 units. Poland is an emerging market with accelerating pace of robot installation, especially since 2014. According to the IFR analysts, if Polish and European economies continue to grow at the pace similar to the current one, between the years 2018-2021, the growth of installation of new industrial robots in Poland at the level of 15-20% is very possible.

The Polish market is attractive for the industrial robot industry, especially with regards to production in the automotive, chemical, metal and machinery sectors.

Density of robotization (number of robots per 10 thousand employees in the industry) keeps growing in the Polish industry. However, it remains lower compared to the Czech Republic, Slovakia or Hungary – and currently stands at 36 units per 10 thousand employees. In the Czech Republic, this ratio is 119, 151 in Slovakia and 78 in Hungary. In European factories, there are 106 industrial robots per 10 thousand employees. The density factor for both Americas is 91 robots and 75 robots in Asia. Last year, the global density factor was 85 robots, compared to 74 the year before. In Poland, the most robotized sector is the automotive industry which utilizes 165 industrial robots per 10 thousand employees.

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